LP County water sample tests positive for West Nile Virus

 

Press release submitted

The La Porte County Health Department has received confirmation from the Indiana Department of Health that a pool of mosquitoes submitted for testing has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first positive identification of West Nile Virus in La Porte County this year.

The species most likely to transmit the virus are those that breed in smaller containers, therefore it’s important to avoid leaving standing water in yards and around homes. Clean birdbaths and wading pools weekly; clean clogged gutters and empty flower pots of standing water twice weekly; get rid of old tires; and keep buckets, jars and other containers turned upside down.

Many mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus are especially likely to bite around dusk and dawn. If you are outdoors around these times of the day, apply repellent. The safest decision is to apply repellent whenever you are outdoors.

  • Use enough repellent to cover exposed skin or clothing. Don’t apply repellent to skin that is under clothing. Heavy application is not necessary to achieve protection.
  • Do not apply repellent to cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
  • After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water.
  • Do not spray aerosol or pump products in enclosed areas.
  • Do not apply aerosol or pump products directly to your face. Spray your hands and then rub them carefully over the face, avoiding eyes and mouth.

If you have questions, contact Amanda Lahners or Patricia Wozniak with the La Porte County Health Department at 219-326-6808, ext. 2200, or 219-874-5611.

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